When it comes to moving, just the thought of all the packing and unpacking you have to do is enough to send you reaching for the closest glass of wine or bottle of beer, and the nearest couch or recliner. Isn’t it tempting to forget about it and put it off for as long as possible? Now, I don’t blame you but, the fact of the matter is that moving is a very time consuming process and putting things off is only going to make it worse; however, with a few useful tips and some good planning you can cut down on the time you will spend on moving.
- Plan your 60 day schedule
Plan out what you will do week-after-week and start checking things off that list. You can start with things that will take a longer time such as taking care of the cellar or the attic. You may have the urge to procrastinate, or you may consider some things too unimportant to take care of them quite so early – but, what you need to remember is that, as you move closer and closer to moving day, you won’t have as much time and your stress levels will skyrocket. Planning and starting well in advance will not only save your time, but also your sanity.
- Get in touch with a moving company
Asking for professional assistance is a very good idea. Residential movers can help you organize your move properly and save you a lot of hassle. But don’t just hire the first local moving company you come across – cheapest isn’t necessarily best. Take the time to get quotes, do your homework, and see what other customers have to say. You will save yourself a lot of trouble with lost belongings if you ask questions of your professional movers, and read their moving company testimonials.
- Get rid of unnecessary belongings
This is one of the biggest problems while moving. You are tempted to keep a lot of unnecessary stuff simply because you might need it someday or you might read that book someday. Be ruthlessly honest (or at least a little honest) with yourself when moving. Are you really going to be reading that book someday or completing that project? Call your friends and family over and let them take away stuff that they need but you don’t. Alternatively, you can also hold a garage sale, clothing swap, or sell items on Craiglist or Facebook. Just get rid of the junk.
- Create a packing system
Anyone who has ever moved knows the confusion that moving day can bring. If your boxes aren’t properly marked, they may end up all over the place in your new home and you may have to keep running to the bedroom to get the items meant for the kitchen. Avoid the confusion for yourself and for your professional movers by creating some sort of packing system for you and the moving company to use so that everyone knows what box goes where. You can use colour coding, numbers, or letters on your boxes for this system. Also, make floor plans for the new house in advance so that you know where all the furniture should go – then hang these floor plans up so that the movers know where they need to put everything.
- Change your address information
Leaving this for the last minute, or even later, results in service lapses, past due bills and, in extreme cases, can even lead to identity theft. You might also consider mail forwarding for the first few months, to ensure nothing slips through the cracks. Don’t wait until after you’ve moved to make the necessary changes. Call up all the services that need to know you’re moving and let them know about your change of address. Ensure that you’ve fixed the dates for when your phone, utilities, internet and cable will be disconnected, but don’t forget about the new house. Make sure that you’ve set dates for setting up new services in your new place, as well. Thanks to the internet, a lot of this stuff can be taken care of online.
- Prepare the new house
Don’t wait until after you’ve moved in to clean and paint the new house. Making improvements, painting and cleaning are a lot easier when you don’t have to maneuver around a bunch of boxes or a lot of furniture. If you’re paying for a professional service to paint or clean, your bill may even be lower if they have an empty house to work in! Less maneuvering means less time and money spent! Whenever it is possible, try to prepare the new house in advance.
Moving can be a very frustrating and time consuming experience. There are simply too many things to be done. Make it easier on yourself by being a little more organized for your move and you’ll find that the whole process becomes at least a little bit easier and faster. Of course, if you are looking for the best movers in the GTA, consider hiring Five Star Movers today. Family owned and operated, we are a professional moving company and will meet your residential moving needs in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, and surrounding areas. We are honest, affordable, and reliable. Our costs and rates are outlined in your free quote (no hidden fees!) and guaranteed at the time of booking. Contact us today to get started or get your free quote now.